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    Always More

    Jehoshaphat was terrified by this news and begged the Lord for guidance. He also ordered everyone in Judah to begin fasting. (2 Chronicles 20:3) Welcome to Faithfulness Friday!  If you read the chapters from last week’s post (2 Chronicles 17-20), you are good to go for today. There are so many tidbits to cover in 2 Chronicles 17-20 that I must go back and point out more.  That goes to show you . . . you can never glean every last thing from scripture.  Keep digging. There is no last thing.  There is always more. I’m so glad you are here with me, combing through scripture for examples of God’s…

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    It’s Time for Trustworthy

    I’ve been waiting to share the Trustworthy study (by Lysa TerKeurst) sign-up details for joining the on-line study.  While some people like joining other women for group studies at church (and gab sessions, let’s be real),  you may prefer studying the Trustworthy material from home. I get it.  I’ve done that for years.  (When you live in the sticks, what else ya gonna do?) If you are a home-study girl, here’s the link* (no commission or reward is given to me if you follow the link) to sign up and join the on-line Trustworthy study.   After signing up, the companion weekly videos will come directly into your email inbox. You…

  • Your victory faith song

    Your Victory Faith Song

    Some men came and told Jehoshaphat, “A great multitude is coming against you from Edom, from beyond the sea; and, behold, they are in Hazazon-tamar.” (2 Chronicles 20:2) Welcome to the very first Faithfulness Friday!  I’m so glad you decided to join me, and for our study today, we are examining: 2 Chronicles, chapters 17-20. For the most benefit, read these chapters first yourself.  Then return here for more specific study. When Jehoshaphat took over as King after the death of his father Asa, he fortified Judah.  The Lord blessed Jehoshaphat because he followed the example of Asa’s early years as king, obeying the Lord our God. As you read…

  • Faithfulness and Favor

    Faithfulness and Favor for 2020 Focus

    For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. (Psalm 84:11) Happy new year and decade!  I hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas, with lots of family time, worship of our Savior, laughs, games, blessed gatherings, and celebrations of all types. Do you ever have so much on your mind that you can’t quite put it all into words?  That’s how I feel today.  With a fresh year and decade starting, I’m nearly speechless.  (I said nearly, y’all, so we’re OK.) No better way to start than to just . . . begin.…

  • Chili with Pumpkin

    Clean and Hearty Pumpkin Chili

    If you don’t live in the South, you need to know that pumpkins last well into December here.  We have a long time to scoop the meat from pumpkins before dumping them into the treeline.  It’s not beyond our realm of possibility to use pumpkin in our recipes after Fall is technically over.  Never mind the fact that I cheat and use canned pumpkin puree.  Ha! Recently, I used part of a can of pumpkin puree (for Dani’s Mini Pumpkin Pies) but didn’t have a plan for the remainder.  Several years ago, recipes hit the scene for chili with pumpkin puree in the mix.  So, I figured, what could it…

  • To Embrace or Brace

    Embracing or Bracing?

    It occurred to me after making my shocking admission on Facebook Live last month that most of you probably didn’t see that video.  And, that’s fine with me.  Maybe a good thing, actually.  If you didn’t make it to that (horrible, tearful) Facebook Live, read ahead, and I’ll explain things.  There is more to it now that time has passed, and this post explains the revelations God handed me. God got my attention recently in the area of unforgiveness – with needing to forgive others.  (What?  Me?  Not me!)  I had no idea I needed to forgive someone.  God revealed that there were unforgivenesses (possibly a made-up word, y’all) about…

  • Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    Vegetable Medley Minestrone Soup

    You don’t have to be Italian to enjoy minestrone soup.  Dani Spies at Clean and Delicious has a wonderful recipe.  (Well, lots of wonderful recipes, actually.)  As soon as our weather cooled off in October, I could not wait to try this one!  The only problem was that I didn’t have the cabbage I needed.  So, what did I do?  Improvised, of course. I basically cleaned out my stock of all sorts of fresh veggies that needed using.  Hence the name “vegetable medley”.   And added it all into the pot.  You can’t mess up cooked veggies, in my way of thinking (wink). So, be brave.  If you’ve got something…

  • Even THERE

    Even THERE – 3 Steps to Going Deeper with God Again

    If I take the wings of the dawn, if I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, even there Your hand will lead me, and Your right hand will lay hold of me. (Psalm 139:9-10, NASB) For years, it seemed like people used their busyness as a badge of honor.  I bristled at the words I’m so busy! and vowed to never include them in a sentence myself.  Busyness felt so braggy.  We all have busy lives, even those who don’t say so. Nowadays, busyness has almost become a dirty word of sorts.  I get it.  Much of the time, busyness is of our own doing.  From the inability…

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    Faithfulness Friday Bible Study in 2020

    In our tough seasons, we need to stand on God’s Word.  We should continually remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness to His people throughout the Bible. A little back story: The Jubilee Journey Facebook Group women and I read straight through the Bible together in 2015, and the group leaders allowed me to write a summary post for one day’s reading during each week, sometimes two. It was my first time to read through the Bible in the way that we did that year.  I’d followed other reading plans but not straight through.  I enjoyed it so much that I returned to repeat that reading plan three of the four years…

  • Cream of Mushroom Soup

    Homemade Cream of Mushroom Soup with Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Options

    Can you believe I actually did it?  When I told you yesterday that I planned to use the same Cream of Chicken Soup recipe process to make cream of mushroom soup for Thanksgiving prep, finishing it was no problem.  I tell ya, this cream soup is very quick to pull together. Do you not need gluten-free and dairy-free ingredients?  I included everything I used in making this recipe.   If you have no issues with gluten or dairy, simply use your choice of whole grain flour to replace the gluten-free flour.  I don’t recommend replacing the coconut milk with regular milk, though. For starters, chop a pint carton of mushroom slices…

  • Home-Made Healthful Cream of Chicken Soup

    “Better a small serving of vegetables with love than a fattened calf with hatred.”  Proverbs 15:17 Gone are the days when my recipe box was filled with casserole recipes requiring canned condensed cream soups.  You know the ones.  Cream of chicken…cream of mushroom…the two most popular of all.  Are you wondering, “Why not use canned cream soups?   What’s wrong with that?” As food is medicine for building your temple to be strong, the quality of food we eat is ultra important.  Fresh, well-chosen, and without chemicals.  Does that sound hard to achieve?  It can be, but it doesn’t have to be.  Filling your pantry with high quality ingredients is a…

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    Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links – Part 2

    “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” (1 Chronicles 16:34) My first post of Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links was getting too long, so I broke things up a bit and made two posts.  Today, we’re covering three popular Thanksgiving side dishes you may be interested in having in your recipe arsenal – or rather, a healthier version than your current “oldie but goodie” (wink).  Shhhh…  I won’t tell. No. 1:  The Famous Green Bean Casserole. (Yes, you know the one.)   An all-time favorite at my house (and maybe yours, too) is Green Bean Casserole.   Leigh Anne at Your Home Based Mom has…

  • Thanksgiving Meal, 2018

    Healthy Thanksgiving Cheats and Links

    As of today (this day of publishing), we have two weeks and one day until Thanksgiving.  Are you preparing your recipes?  Are you feeling the squeeze? I hope what I share will help you get it all together with health options you may be seeking. Last year, I was determined to have Thanksgiving dinner for my immediate family, with at least as close as possible to our usual Thanksgiving dishes.  The challenging part was making the recipes in a way that I could eat most everything – and taste like normal to everyone else. Gluten-free and dairy-free and sugar-free.  Yes, it’s a thing.  No diet plan fits perfectly.  Not keto,…

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    Casting Your Cares

    What do you do when all you hear is no after no from God?  Have you been there?  We can get weary in any season of life when we get continual answers of no.  And, in a tough season, you think the solution (for which you plead through prayer) would be the perfect ending.  The happy ending of a Hallmark™ movie. And . . . by the way, God, how about now?  Please? Since waiting in expectation of God working things out according to your plan is unrealistic (He IS God, after all), why not cast your cares onto Him and no longer worry about those problems that seem to…

  • Healthy Halloween Entertaining

    Healthy Halloween Entertaining

    Fourteen years ago, little did we know our future Fall seasons would be so different than what we knew and loved in our old neighborhood in Marietta, Georgia. Before moving to what I call The Land of Making Do, Halloween was a huge neighborhood deal.  Not in a creepy way, but in a family fun way.  How sad we were when we realized, after moving to the country, miles away from our then-new-to-us small town, we would have NO little goblins visiting, bag-in-hand for candy additions.  None.  Ever.  Again.  Zilcho.  Wah! Hubs and I visited our two adulting, boomerang kids over the weekend for their housewarming party at our son’s…